The 3rd Annual Holiday Ball At The Mall tournament tipped off yesterday at Fieldhouse USA in Columbus and proved to be a very competitive day of basketball. The 3rd-year event hosted community/school teams in boys and girls divisions from 3rd-6th grades.
Although the 6th grade Boys division was the largest with 22 teams, from what we saw, the most competitive division was the 4th grade boys, with 6 teams from are Buckeye Prep Power Rankings (Dublin Green, Gahanna, Hilliard Bradley, Pickerington, Big Walnut & Lancaster).
The 5th grade division was not bad, and featured 5 ranked teams as well (Gahanna, Olentangy Braves Blue, Big Walnut, Pickerington & Lancaster) as well as one of the better Cleveland-area teams (Norwalk).
As is always the case, there were a number of players who logged in individual standout performances. Below is a complete list of the players who caught our eye on opening day.